West Tulsa neighbors without water, water line breaks


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Updated: 4/30/2013 8:42 am Published: 4/29/2013 9:27 pm


West Tulsa neighbors surrounding South 33rd West Ave. and West 47th Street went about nine hours without water on Monday. 

A 12-inch wide water line broke gushing water into neighbors’ yards and garages. 

“I saw it gushing three or four-feet high from the road and I though oh my goodness, what can I do?” said neighbor Diana Carder.

Carder called her husband to come home.  It started early in the afternoon and the city turned off the water around 2:00 p.m.  It still left neighbor’s properties flooded and parts of the floors and carpets water damaged. 

"We are just glad it didn’t wash the car away because the water was higher than the wheels,” said Carder.

“There were three or four other water main breaks in the city today (Monday) and it was warmer so the demand was higher, so I think it might have been caused by pressure,” said a city worker who was digging up forty-feet of the northbound lane to get to the pipe.  The hole was about six-feet deep.

The city ‘s spokesperson Bob Bledsoe told FOX23 News it was likely caused by soil movement and a combination of a pipe defect.  However, that could change on Tuesday after Bledsoe talks again with street supervisors. 

The pipe split along side of it so crews had to keep digging along it until they found the end of the split.  The broken pipe was replaced by 9:00 p.m.

A Charlie’s Chicken restaurant one block south of the water line break also closed its doors because water was shut off to it. 

The city sent a water truck out there to help the restaurant but according to a city worker the restaurant already closed its doors for the day so the truck stayed out there for neighbors to use whose water was shut off do to the water line break. 

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